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Serena Williams shares open letter to her mother since giving birth to Alexis Olympia

Serena Williams is a new mother and still can’t believe it.

In an open letter posted on Reddit Tuesday, the tennis icon reflects on the role her own mother, Oracene Price, played in protecting her as she grew up in the public eye as she prepares to do the same for her own daughter.

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Williams welcomed daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. with fiance, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian,Sept. 1.

Alexis Olympia made her debut on her mother’s Instagram story and in a YouTube video posted by Ohanian Sept. 12.

“You are one of the strongest women I know. I was looking at my daughter (OMG, yes, I have a daughter ) and she has my arms and legs! My exact same strong, muscular, powerful, sensational arms and body,” Williams wrote. “I don’t know how I would react if she has to go through what I've gone through since I was a 15 year old and even to this day.”

“I’m not sure how you did not go off on every single reporter, person, announcer and quite frankly, hater, who was too ignorant to understand the power of a black woman.”

Williams expressed gratitude to her mother for helping her show the range of beauty women with different shapes and sizes have.

Related: Meet Serena’s new daughter, Alexis; Instagram post marks baby’s public debut

“I am proud we were able to show them what some women look like. We don't all look the same. We are curvy, strong, muscular, tall, small, just to name a few, and all the same: we are women and proud!

“You are so classy, I only wish I could take your lead.”

Williams thanks Price for being her role model and hopes to do the same for her daughter.

“Thank you for being the role model I needed to endure all the hardships that I now regard as a challenges--ones that I enjoy. I hope to teach my baby Alexis Olympia the same, and have the same fortitude you have had.”

Read Williams’ full letter below.

Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid stage London Fashion Week show

London Fashion Week has reached its giddy conclusion, the extravaganza more than meeting expectations with a string of shows, parties and presentations.

The theme seemed to be a frenzied search for fun and whimsy, a shade less serious and complicated than usual as designers looked forward to next spring and summer.

There were big shows by Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Versace, and more, and more intimate affairs by the up-and-coming designers London depends on for its fashion cred.

The first day was marred when a subway train was attacked on the outskirts of London, raising fears of more attacks, but the fashionistas stayed calm and partied on.

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TOMMY HILFIGER, GIGI HADID PAY HOMAGE TO ROCK MUSIC

Designer Tommy Hilfiger and model Gigi Hadid staged a grungy rock affair for their show on the final night of London Fashion Week.

It was the pair's third collaboration and featured early appearances by Hadid's siblings, Bella and Anwar.

The Tuesday show was presented at London's legendary Roundhouse, where stars such as James Brown and Bob Dylan have performed over the years.

Concert-style merchandise stalls had pieces from the TOMMYNOW collection available to purchase around the venue.

The outfits included leather jackets with leopard print collars, worn with cropped denim shorts and beanie hats emblazoned with "Gigi Hadid" — a homage to band merchandise and an appeal to the model's vast fan base.

Models also wore lanyards mimicking backstage passes printed with "Gigi" and cropped T-shirts also bearing the model's name.

Patterns were checks or stripes, and oversize puffer jackets were worn open.

Hadid said she was happy the show was such a family affair.

"It is obviously a huge event, and I put a lot of pressure on myself as I'm a perfectionist, so to be able to look around and see my family is very grounding and keeps me calm," she said.

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VICTORIA BECKHAM GIVES GLIMPSE OF VICTORIA, VICTORIA BECKHAM

Victoria Beckham didn't have a runway show at London Fashion Week, but she showed the spring and summer 2018 collection for her popular Victoria, Victoria Beckham line to journalists and guests at a private club in Mayfair.

The former Spice Girl, whose New York show won accolades last week, is offering a youthful look. Some of the clothes celebrated Miami and its neon colors, including a jacket with pink flamingo designs.

The saturated pop colors included "milkshake pink," ''bubblegum" and "peppermint." One tan suede outfit of short-short pants and a patch pocket jacket caught the eye, as did some pajama-style slouchy outfits.

The look was relaxed and meant for fun, a far cry from the black that was once Beckham's signature color. She's emphasizing pastels now — at least for summer — and suits made of pinstriped cotton twill.

It's been quite a year for Beckham, who in April was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks-US

iBooks US Bestseller List - Paid Books

1. What Happened by Hillary Clinton - 9781501175572 - (Simon & Schuster)

2. It by Stephen King - 9781501141232 - (Scribner)

3. Enemy of the State by Kyle Mills & Vince Flynn - 9781476783543 - (AtriaEmily Bestler Books)

4. Sweet Little Thing by Abbi Glines - No ISBN Available - (Abbi Glines Publishing)

5. Misadventures of a City Girl by Chelle Bliss & Meredith Wild - No ISBN Available - (Waterhouse Press)

6. A Column of Fire by Ken Follett - 9780735224476 - (Penguin Publishing Group)

7. The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz - 9780451494337 - (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)

8. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate - 9780425284698 - (Random House Publishing Group)

9. Unbelievable by Katy Tur - 9780062684943 - (Dey Street Books)

10. Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb - 9781250123183 - (St. Martin's Press)

(copyright) 2017 Apple Inc.

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The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Top Paid iPhone Apps:

1.Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Mojang

2.Heads Up!, Warner Bros.

3.Iron Marines,Ironhide S.A.

4.Bloons TD 5,Ninja Kiwi

5.iSchedule, HotSchedules

6.Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations

7.Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.

8.MONOPOLY Game, Electronic Arts

9.Tabs & Chords by Ultimate Guit...,Ultimate Guitar

10.Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB

Top Free iPhone Apps:

1. tbh7/8,Midnight Labs LLC

2. YouTube, Google, Inc.

3. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.

4. Bitmoji,- Your Personal Emoji, Bitstrips

5. Snapchat, Snap, Inc.

6. Instagram,Instagram, Inc.

7. Messenger, Facebook, Inc.

8. Bitmoji,- Your Personal Emoji, Bitstrips

9. Google Maps, Google, Inc.

10. Boonk Gang, Tha Lights Global

Top Paid iPad Apps:

1. Minds On Physics the App - Part 1,Physics Classroom, LLC

2. Minecraft: Pocket EditionMojang

3. XtraMath, XtraMath

4. Notability, Ginger Labs

5. Iron MarinesIronhide S.A.

6. Procreate - Sketch, paint, cre...,Savage Interactive Pty Ltd

7. The Escapists, Team17 Software Ltd

8. Terraria,505 Games (US), Inc.

9. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB

10. GoodNotes 4, Time Base Technology Limited

Top Free iPad Apps:

1. YouTube, Google, Inc.

2. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.

3. Gmail - email by Google: secur...,Google, Inc

4. Facebook,Facebook, Inc.

5. Snake VS Block, Voodoo

6. Messenger, Facebook, Inc.

7. Google Chrome, Google, Inc.

8. Bowmasters - Multiplayer Game,Playgendary

9. Google Docs,Google, Inc.

10. ROBLOX, Roblox Corporation

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(copyright) 2017 Apple Inc.

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

iTunes Movies US Charts:

1. Baby Driver

2. Transformers: The Last Knight

3. The Mummy (2017)

4. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

5. Life

6. Wonder Woman (2017)

7. Stephen King's It

8. Baywatch

9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

10. Rough Night

iTunes Movies US Charts — Independent:

1. Beatriz At Dinner

2. It Comes At Night

3. The Wilde Wedding

4. The Layover

5. The Grand Budapest Hotel

6. Unlocked

7. The Hero

8. The Limehouse Garden

9. The Lost City of Z

10. What We Do In the Shadows

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(copyright) 2017 Apple Inc.

Nielsen's top programs for Sept. 11-17

1. NFL Football: Green Bay at Atlanta, NBC, 20.24 million.

2. "NFL Sunday Post-Game," Fox, 13.96 million.

3. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 11.59 million.

4. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.57 million.

5. NFL Football: New Orleans at Minnesota, ESPN, 11.4 million.

6. "Emmy Awards," CBS, 11.38 million.

7. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 10.25 million.

8. NFL Football: L.A. Chargers at Denver, ESPN, 9.95 million.

9. NFL Football: Houston at Cincinnati, NFLN, 8.1 million.

10. "60 Minutes," CBS, 6.8 million.

11. "The Orville," Fox, 6.63 million.

12. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 6.43 million.

13. "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 6.39 million.

14. "Football Night in America, Part 3," NBC, 6.18 million.

15. "Big Brother" (Thursday), CBS, 6.132 million.

16. "American Ninja Warrior," NBC, 6.127 million.

17. "The Big Bang Theory" (Monday), CBS, 5.74 million.

18. "NCIS," CBS, 5.23 million.

19. College Football: Clemson at Louisville, ABC, 5.06 million.

20. "Mom," CBS, 4.98 million.

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ABC and ESPN are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.

Leonardo DiCaprio foundation awards $20M in eco-grants

Leonardo DiCaprio announced Tuesday that his eco-focused foundation has given more than $20 million this year in fresh grants to more than 100 organizations around the world.

From lion recovery and mangrove restoration to the defense of indigenous rights and better access to affordable solar energy, the actor announced the grants ahead of his appearance at a climate change conference at Yale University. He planned to use the appearance to urge more immediate steps to reduce the world's reliance on fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy sources.

"Our challenge is to find new ways to power our lives, employ millions of people and turn every individual into an advocate for clean air and drinkable water," DiCaprio said in a statement. "We must demand that politicians accept climate science and make bold commitments before it is too late."

The money increases the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation's giving to $80 million since 1998, the organization said in a statement.

Among nearly $3.6 million in new climate grants, for instance, is support of community organizations in the United States fighting for 100 percent renewable energy, money for mitigating climate change through mangrove re-planting in Somalia and a project that backs legal action holding major corporations in the fossil fuel industry liable for the effects of pollution.

The foundation also granted about $6.4 million for wildlife and land conservation projects. That work includes lion and elephant restoration and protection, conservation research in the Brazilian Amazon and a partnership with the local Maasai community in Kenya to conserve critical wildlife and wilderness there.

California Waterkeepers, a group that helps protect the state's coastal waters, and Ocean 5, which establishes marine reserves and combats illegal fishing in all five oceans around the globe, are among other recipients.

Ryan Phillippe’s ex-girlfriend files lawsuit, claims he beat her in drunken rage

Ryan Phillippe’s ex-girlfriend, model Elsie Hewittfiled a lawsuit Monday claiming that the actor kicked and punched her and threw her down a flight of stairs during a drunken rage.

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Hewitt claims that the incident happened during a fight July 3. People magazine obtained court documents in which Hewitt claimed the altercation occurred when she went to Phillippe’s home after a party. She also provided photos of bruises on her body from the alleged abuse.

She claimed she saw Phillippe “repeatedly abusing a panoply of legal and illegal drugs, including without limitation: cocaine, ecstasy, psychedelic mushrooms, and steroids” during the course of their relationship.

“Phillippe increasingly combined these drugs with excessive alcohol consumption and often exhibited symptoms attendant of poly drug and alcohol abuse, including mood swings and bouts of anger,” the court documents read.

A source close to the actor denied the claims and said that Hewitt was the one under the influence, Rare.us reported.

“Elsie showed up to Ryan’s house uninvited and under the influence a few days after he had broken up with her,” the source told People. “She physically attacked Ryan, caused a scene and refused to leave his home. As she was removed from the premises, she claims she fell and injured herself.”

“There is no restraining order presently in place of any kind. At the time it happened, there was a temporary [order], which was terminated only a few days after,” the source continued. “She has since tried to seek revenge and fame by sending glamour shots of herself to media outlets with a false story of domestic violence.”

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that Hewitt was granted an emergency protective order following the alleged attack; it expired July 12.

Hewitt is asking for no less than $1 million in damages.

Phillippe has hired a high-powered attorney and plans to file a lawsuit of his own for either defamation or malicious prosecution if her lawsuit is thrown out, according to TMZ. 

Phillippe, 43, has two children with Reese Witherspoon, to whom he was married for eight years. He also has a daughter with “Pitch Perfect” actress Alexis Knapp.

See more at People.

Member of Kennedy family pays fine after arrest at party

Authorities in Massachusetts have dismissed a disorderly conduct charge against a Kennedy family member who was arrested last month after complaints about a loud party.

Matthew "Max" Kennedy appeared in Barnstable (BAHRN'-stuh-buhl) District Court on Tuesday. He was found responsible for a noise violation and paid a $150 fine.

Police say officers responded to a Hyannis (hy-AN'-ihs) Port home Aug. 20 for noise complaints. Kennedy and his daughter, 22-year-old Caroline Kennedy, were taken into custody.

The Boston Globe reports Matthew Kennedy says in a statement he's "happy this matter is resolved."

Caroline Kennedy is to be arraigned Nov. 22, the 54th anniversary of the assassination of her great uncle President John F. Kennedy. It's unclear if she has an attorney.

Matthew Kennedy is the ninth child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy.

TLC’s ‘Cake Boss’ bakery expanding again in Atlanta 

Atlanta residents will soon be able to indulge their sweet tooth when TLC’s “Cake Boss” expands its location.

Stars from the TV show, which chronicles Buddy Valastro and his crew inside their New Jersey bakery making extravagant decorative cakes, will open a Carlo’s Bakery kiosk inside an Atlanta mall on Saturday.

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A property management associate at Cumberland Mall, Roy Copeland, said he was at another suburban Atlanta mall when Valastro opened the bakery’s first outpost in Georgia.

Copeland said 5,000 people showed up at the event at 6 a.m.

But Valastro won’t be attending the new opening. Instead, “Cake Boss” co-stars Mauro Costano and Mary Sciarrone will be on hand for the grand opening.

Still, Copeland is hopeful. “It should be a pretty lively event.”

As of Monday, more than 350 had said they were going in posts on a Facebook page for the event opening.

Cumberland general manager Chris McCoy said the kiosk is located in the mall’s main rotunda and takes up about 300 square feet, which he said is slightly larger than a regular kiosk.

>>Related: ‘Cake Boss’ star Buddy Valastro's mother dies from ALS complications

Valastro’s Carlo’s Bakery has 20 locations in more than a half dozen states. The new bakery in Georgia will feature cannolis, cupcakes and more.

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